The Missouri S&T volleyball team played another three games this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, facing off against Nova Southeastern on Friday, Aug. 31, before playing Texas A&M International and Lynn on Saturday. The Lady Miners won the first two matches, before falling in the third.

v. Nova Southeastern

A record-setting season-opening performance by the 2018 Missouri S&T women's volleyball team has now been established as the Miners improved their record to 5-1 overall this season as a result of a 3-1 win (15-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-19) versus Nova Southeastern (NSU) this Friday (Aug. 31) at the 11th annual NSU Shark Invitational, which is being held at NSU's Rick Case Arena.  
 
Missouri S&T, under first-year head coach Andy Halaz, is presently midst a two-match winning streak as the Miners completed opening-day NSU Shark Invite action going 2-0.  S&T began tourney play earlier in the day with a 3-1 decision over Babson (Mass.).  The 5-1 start surpasses the 4-2 season-opening marks set by the 2010 and 2015 Miner teams.
 
Junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader's (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) 21 kills led all players in the contest while senior outside hitter Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) produced her fourth double-double of this season by digging up 12 opposition attacks to go with her 17 kills output.  The Miners received a noteworthy contribution from freshman right side-middle hitter Avery Reed (Ste. Genevieve, Mo./Ste. Genevieve), who tallied seven kills in 10 chances for a .700 hit efficiency rating.   
 
Junior defensive specialist-libero Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) supplied a match-leading 18 digs in the S&T victory. The Miners were active at the net as the team rolled up 8.5 total team blocks, led by freshman middle hitter Kiernan O'Boyle's (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) four block assists to go with a pair of solo blocks.  
 
Directing the S&T offense was redshirt sophomore setter Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood), who generated a match-most 30 assists while sophomore setter Aubrey Sowers(Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) chalked up 15 helpers for the Miners, who top the Sharks in kills by a 58-42 margin and also outhit their opponent .297 to .184.
 
For Nova Southeastern, Maya Patterson and Denvyr Tyler-Palmer each had a team-high 11 kills as the Sharks fell to 0-5 on the year.  Tyler-Palmer also compiled 13 digs and was joined in double figures by Megan Burns, who paced NSU with 15 total.     
 
Set 1: NSU 25 – S&T 15
The host team lead from start to finish in the opening set as the Miners could get no closer than six points at 17-11 on an Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) kill.  NSU would proceed to tally seven of the next 10 points to go up 24-14 as the Sharks finished set one with a .556 attack percentage via 15 kills on 27 attempts to S&T's .233 percentage (13-6-30). 
 
Set 2: S&T 25 – NSU 20
In set two, S&T turned the tables on their counterparts as the Miners turned in a .378 hitting percentage and limited the Sharks to .143 attack efficiency.  S&T snapped an 11-all tie with four unanswered points for a 15-11 lead before NSU bounced back to cut its deficit to two at 20-18. But, the Miners scored four of the next five points as Carlie Combs' (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) kill gave the visitors a 24-19 advantage. A kill by sophomore right-side hitter Payton Gannaway (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State) secured the set win.   
 
Set 3: S&T 25 – NSU 14
 S&T controlled set three play, breaking open the set by outscoring the Sharks 15-5 to take a 20-9 lead and never looked back.  While the Miners didn't particularly hit well as evidenced by their .194 percentage, S&T did a number on the defensive side limiting NSU to a -.031 attack percentage as the Sharks could only muster four kills in 32 opportunities.  
 
Set 4: S&T 25 – NSU 19
 The match's final set saw S&T fall behind early at 12-9, but the Miners overcame the deficit to tie the set all up at 14-apiece on a Carlie Combs' (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) kill.  The Miners, who outhit NSU .367 to .182 in the set, would gain the lead for good as Combs posted another kill as S&T managed to hold a 22-17 margin.  The Miners accounted for the set's final three points to take the match. 

v. Texas A&M International

The Missouri S&T women's volleyball team continued on the winning trek this Saturday (Sept. 1) as the Miners blitzed Texas A&M International by a 3-0 margin (25-23, 25-13, 25-23) in an 11th annual Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational tilt at NSU's Rick Case Arena.
 
The Miners, who bumped their season mark to 6-1 overall, generated a .213 hitting percentage and held the Dustdevils to a .135 attack percentage.
 
Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic), a senior outside hitter, was the lone S&T player to post double digits in kills with a match-best 14.  Junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) hammered nine kills in the match sweep as redshirt sophomore setter garnered 25 assists.
 
Defensively, junior defensive specialist-libero Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) dug a team-most 18 TAMIU attacks and Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) made 12 digs.  Supporting the S&T's defensive effort was junior defensive specialist-libero Eva Mich (St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell Central), who provided 11 digs as the Miners would claim a 65-61 team edge.
 
TAMIU, which fell to 1-7 this season, was paced by Mackenzie Catlina's nine kills while Lacy Asdourian racked up 20 digs to lead all players.
  
Set 1: S&T 25 – TAMIU 23
Set one was close throughout and not surprisingly since both teams were both registered just over a .200 hitting percentage.  S&T, which had a .214 percentage to TAMIU's .222 hitting proficiency, snapped a 20-all deadlock per an Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) kill.  The Dustdevils managed to pull within 23-22, but the Miners earned two of the set's last three points to come out victorious.
 
Set 2: S&T 25 – TAMIU 13
S&T cruised in the set two with a dominating performance as the Miners recorded a .344 hitting percentage while the Dustdevils mustered a .062 hitting efficiency.  The set's first 11 points were scored by S&T as the Miners built up a 13-point advantage (23-10) in the late stages of the set.
 
Set 3: S&T 25 – TAMIU 23
The Miners snapped a 23-all tie in the first set on an Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) kill and a set-clinching service ace by sophomore right-side hitter Payton Gannaway (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State).  S&T, which hit .125 for the set, jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the match.

v Lynn

For only the second time in this season's first eight matches, the Missouri S&T women's volleyball team tasted defeat as the Miners were dealt a 3-1 loss (25-21, 14-25, 14-25, 20-25) by Lynn (Fla.) this Saturday (Sept. 1) at the 11th annual Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational.  
 
Missouri S&T concluded the two-day tournament with a 3-1 record as the Miners are now 6-2 overall on the 2018 campaign, which equals their best start since the 2015 squad posted an identical record en route to finishing the season at 22-11 overall.  With the victory, Lynn extended its winning string to five straight as the Fighting Knights improved their overall record to 6-1 on the season.  
 
The Miners, who hit .071 for the match with 39 kills, were led by senior outside hitter Carlie Combs(O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) and junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston).  Combs tallied 12 kills to pace S&T while Schlader registered 11 kills and produced a .219 attack percentage for the contest.
 
A pair of setters, redshirt sophomore Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) and freshman Sarah Cavanaugh (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge) directed the S&T offense as McGinnis finished with 15 assists and Cavanaugh contributed 10 helpers.
 
Four Miners posted double-digit digs totals, led by junior defensive specialist-libero Corinne Stulce's(St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) 20 digs output.  Schlader and junior defensive specialist-libero Eva Mich(St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell Central) each dug 11 Fighting Knight hitting attacks while McGinnis added 10 digs as S&T accumulated 72 total to Lynn's 76 digs. 
 
Both teams put up productive numbers at the net as the Miners recorded 12.5 team blocks while Lynn chalked up 11 rejections.  Individually, Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) totaled a combined six blocks with two solos and four block assists.  Junior middle hitter Caroline Dykes(Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) and freshman middle hitter Kiernan O'Boyle (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) had five block assists apiece.    
 
The Fighting Knights finished the four-set match with a .184 attack percentage on 46 kills in 147 chances. Sonja Udovcic and Rafaela Fonseca both turned in a double-double performance for Lynn as Udovcic had a match-high 17 kills and 16 digs while Fonseca notched 15 digs to go with 10 kills. Marine Kinna's match-leading 21 digs was tops among five LU players, who garnered double-figure totals in digs.      
 
Set 1: S&T 25 – LU 21
The Miners led almost the entire set and held a six-point advantage at 14-8 before Lynn stormed back to go on a 8-3 scoring spurt to narrow its margin to 17-16.  But, S&T tallied five of the next set's six points to take a 22-17 lead on an Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) kill.  The Fighting Knights got to within a deuce (23-21) only to have the Miners reel off back-to-back points via a Carlie Combs' (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) kill and a LU attack error. 
 
Set 2: LU 25 – S&T 15
S&T fell behind early in set two and was unable to overcome its deficit.  The Miners drew within five at 18-13, but the Fighting Knights went on a 7-1 tear from there to tie the contest.   
 
Set 3: LU 25 – S&T 14
 The same score, the same results as the Miners let a lead slip away.  A kill by Emilee Schlader(Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) had given S&T a three-point cushion (11-8), but the Miners' advantage was a short-lived one as Lynn produced a scoring run of 14-1 to gain the upper hand albeit at 22-12 and never relinquished their advantage.  The Fighting Knights then accounted for three of the set's final four points to win and put themselves in a favorable position to be one away from claiming the match.    
 
Set 4: LU 25 – S&T 20
 The two teams battled one another in the fourth frame with Lynn jumping ahead 14-8 midway through the set. A 7-3 S&T points run closed the Miners' margin to 17-15 before Lynn bumped its lead up to six (22-16) on a service ace.  A LU ball-handling miscue helped S&T get to within 23-20, but the Fighting Knights netted the remainder of the scoring. 

Missouri S&T's Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) and Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) have each been named to the 11th Annual Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational All-Tournament Team for their notable performances this last weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) in helping the Miners post a 3-1 tourney record.

The two were among 10 individuals chosen to the Shark Invitational All-Tournament Team, which featured representatives from Lynn (Fla.), Babson (Mass.), Texas A&M International, and host Nova Southeastern.

Combs, who recently was selected as this week's (Sept. 3) Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, averaged a team-best 4.64 kills a set while leading the Miners with 65 kills and hitting for a .259 percentage.  The senior outside hitter also registered 48 total digs and averaged 3.43 digs per set to go with nine total blocks, and a squad-most tying six service aces. Combs recorded double-digit kills in all four of S&T's tournament matches, which included both a match and career-high 22 kills in the Miners' 3-1 tourney-opening victory over Babson (Mass.) last Friday (Aug. 31) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Schlader, a junior outside hitter, averaged 3.80 kills per set and hammered a team second-most 57 kills in the four matches.  She also notched a team-best tying nine total blocks, which included seven block assists, and generated 18 total digs for a 1.20 digs a set average.  The S&T co-captain tallied double-figure kills in three tourney contests, highlighted by a career-high 21 kills and a .395 hitting percentage in the Miners' 3-1 decision over host Nova Southeastern this past Friday (Aug. 31).  Schlader attained her second double-double of this season in S&T's final tourney match last Saturday (Sept. 1) versus Lynn (Fla.) with 11 kills and digs apiece.    
 
Up Next: Missouri S&T visits Joplin, Mo., this Tuesday, Sept. 4, for a non-conference match against the Missouri Southern State Lions. Opening serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at MSSU's Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium.